Betty L. Brotherton

Betty L. Brotherton, age 80 of Paullina, passed away on Thursday August 9, 2012 at the Orange City Area Health System in Orange City,

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Paullina.  Rev. Donald Erickson will officiate, with burial in the Prairie View Cemetery in Paullina.

Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina.

Harriet Driesen

Mrs. Harriet Driesen, age 96, of Hull, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at the Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 11, at 10:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull.  The Rev. Carl Klompien will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the ValleyView Cemetery in Rock Valley.  There will be a prayer service on Saturday, at 9:15am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the funeral home.

Dr. Kenneth “Doc” Fertig

Dr. Kenneth “Doc” Fertig, age 79, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

His service will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 13, 2012 at the Sheldon United Methodist Church in Sheldon, with Rev. Marvin Lindley officiating. Burial with a graveside service will be held at 10:30 A.M. at the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation with the family present will be from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to:

Dr. Kenneth Olson Fertig, the son of Eugene and Hilma (Olson) Fertig was born April 21, 1933 in Odebolt, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed in the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt. He received his education in Odebolt, graduating from Odebolt High School in 1951. Ken then went on to Iowa State University in Ames and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1957. Ken served in the Army during the Berlin Crisis and Korean War. He set up his veterinary practice in Sheldon, where he practiced until 1993. On June 1, 1958, Ken was united in marriage to Janet Ogden in Odebolt, Iowa. To this union three children were born; Scott, Steven and Susan. Ken passed away at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 reaching the age of 79 years, 3 months and 17 days.

He was an active member in the Sheldon United Methodist Church. He served on the Sheldon Public School Board and held many offices (including president) in the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and was awarded the President’s Award in 1990. He served on the Village Northwest Board as president, and was on the committee to help found the Village. He also was president of the Sheldon Industrial Development Corporation. He loved his family, the Sheldon Orabs, and the ISU Cyclones. He also loved to travel, golf, fish and read. After retirement, the Fertig’s enjoyed their Spirit Lake Cottage, visiting their children and grandchildren and wintering in Mesa, Arizona.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; three children, Scott (Pam) of Midlothian, Texas, Steven of McAllen, Texas, and Susan (Darrin) Duffy of Gilbert, Arizona; eight grandchildren, Jillian and Jaime Fertig, Lauren and Mackenzie Fertig, Katelyn, Kyle, Austin and Allyson Duffy; also other relatives and friends.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Phyllis Hall and brother-in-law, Bob Hall and sister-in-law Judy Mandernach.

Tom McDougall

Tom McDougall, age 66 of Melvin, IA passed away at the Veterans Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 13th at 10:00 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin. Rev. Judith Johnson will be officiating.

Visitation will be at the Sanborn Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 10th with the family present from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Burial will be at Baker Township Cemetery in Melvin.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 66 year old Tom McDougall of Melvin. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

The Osceola County Courthouse is closed Monday from 9 to Noon to attend the funeral. Clerk of Courts office WILL BE OPEN REGULAR HOURS

Kathleen “Kathy” Langstraat

Miss Kathleen “Kathy” Langstraat, age 56, of Boyden, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at her residence.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, August 13, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Boyden.  The Rev. Matthew Draffen will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.  There will be a prayer service on Monday, at 9:15am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, at the funeral home.

Note: Citizen’s State Bank of Sheldon and Boyden will be closed Monday, August 13th from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM to attend the funeral of their longtime friend and co-worker.


Claus Klingenberg

Claus Klingenberg, age 93 of George, IA died Sunday, August 5, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Center at George, IA.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 10th at Zoar Presbyterian Church at George, IA with Rev. Dale Lint, officiating. Burial will follow in the Zoar Presbyterian Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 9th from 2:00- 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George.